Ana Ivanovic is wearing one of my favorite looks this week at the US Open in her adidas Adizero line of clothes — I’m loving the bright color combos in this collection! She takes the court in the next round against American, Christina McHale (who also is wearing pieces from the adizero Fall collection). So, let’s take a quick look at what Ana is styling on the courts of Flushing Meadows.
Her apparel: The colors in this collection absolutely pop out there on the court and I love the reddish-orange combo with the dark blue. Ana is wearing the Fall Adizero Dress in the Hi-Res Red (orange) with Hero Ink color. This bold, lightweight adidas dress features a scoop neck, racerback straps, mesh inserts at the chest and upper back for increased ventilation. Also, this dress comes with a matching sports bra and compression short so you don’t have to worry about finding coordinating pieces! On her feet, she is wearing the adizero CC Tempaia IIs in a colorway that matches her dress perfectly. These lightweight, fast shoes offer extreme breathability and have been designed with maximum ventilation, which for sure help keep Ana’s feet cool on the hot NYC days. She shields the sun from her face, with her matching adizero II visor.
Her gear: Ana’s racquet of choice is the Yonex E-Zone Xi 98 which provides a stable, yet flexible, soft feel offering excellent power and a flexible, forgiving feel. From the baseline, this racquet feels very maneuverable allowing easy access to fast swings for power and spin generation. Shy hybrids her string with Solinco Tour Bite 16 with Wilson Natural Gut 16. She carries her gear on court with her Yonex Pro Bag.
Play with heart,
Preparations this week for the Santa Maria Open have gone really well. I have been playing as many sets as possible and trying to get my mind into match mode. I have 4 tournaments in a row coming up — so it’s important for me to get off to a good start. My movement is improving more and more every day and I’m feeling confident about the next few weeks.
What’s interesting is that this movement change and my rediscovery of the split step has really helped to alleviate some of the pressure I feel during the points. I don’t feel as if I have to go for broke anymore. I can bide my time, move the ball around and set up the point.
I think too many players get caught in the trap of the never ending pursuit of perfect technique and ball striking, and forget the simple fact that they are trying to get the ball in the court, more times than their opponent. There have definitely been times when I have been guilty of this. Sometimes I’ll almost brainlessly swing for the fences and forget that I’m playing a game of cat and mouse. Fortunately, those days are over. I really enjoyed my week of practice, I was able to relax, play within myself, not go for too much and just play the game.
I’m on my way to Santa Maria right now. I play my first singles match tomorrow morning at 9:30 am. I’ll update you as I go. Enjoy the US Open action!